The American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association have recently released a revised joint scientific statement outlining best practices to reduce cardiovascular risk in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), published in both Diabetes Care and Circulation. The statement acknowledges that bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for attaining significant and durable weight loss in severely obese patients,” and that bariatric/metabolic surgery is increasingly accepted as resulting in remission from T2DM.
Both the International Diabetes Federation (2011) and the AHA/ACC/The Obesity Society guidelines (2014) recommend that adults with BMI>30 or >35, respectively, with an obesity-related comorbidity such as diabetes mellitus should be considered for referral to a bariatric surgeon.
It’s reassuring to know that the medicine subspecies recognize Bariatrics surgery as an effective tool in treating diabetes. The majority of my patients with type two diabetes go into remission after their operation.